Colonel E.H. Taylor Jr. Straight Rye, 50%

Price: $70 Issue: Winter 2012 Reviewer: John Hansell

Very different than other straight rye whiskeys you might be familiar with: there's no corn in the recipe, just a large percentage of rye and a small amount of malted barley. It's youthful, with spice as the defining character (cinnamon, mint, allspice, freshly ground pepper), balanced by blackberry preserve, caramel, butterscotch, and a hint of cotton candy. Lingering dried spice and polished oak on the finish provide balance to the sweeter notes.